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traditional Set. 15 items included, starting from $378.
Everybody who purchases a sanshin should feel like an artist, regardless of skill level. Please play freely, whether you are practicing, playing professionally or just having fun.

Traditional Set includes:

1. Your sanshin of choice.
2. Soft Carrying Case.
3. Bachi (a traditional pick).
4. Digital tuner.
5. Note position labels.
6. English manual.
7. 'Basics of the Okinawan Sanshin'
8. Instructional DVD.

  9. 'Fun Sanshin Classroom' CD.
10. Minsaa head cover.
11. Two sets of replacement strings.
12. Spare uma (bridge) - solid ebony.
13. Silent uma - muffles sound.
14. Guitar pick.
15. Spare karakui (tuning peg).

artificial snakeskin sanshin
hongawa set price

Standard - Artificial Snakeskin Sanshin

Traditionally, snakeskin is used for the body(dou) of the sanshin. Unfortunately this means some countries prohibit the import of the Sanshin. The artificial snakeskin used on this sanshin is made from a durable form of polyester, and makes a perfect compromise without sacrificing quality. 15 items included.

Hongawa - Genuine Snakeskin Sanshin

For those after the authentic sound of a snakeskin sanshin, try our beautiful Hongawa Sanshin with Traditional set. Begin mastering the sanshin, as well as taking away part of the Okinawan culture. 15 items included.

The 15 items included with


Please select from the sanshin detailed above, or simply choose the Traditional Set as an add-on to any of our sanshin models.

We will continue to support you after purchase, with an industry leading 5 year warranty covering any repairs you may require.


Soft Carrying Case - individual price:$42.00

Soft rucksack style carrying case.

5 colors to choose from: black, green, brown, red, blue denim.

soft case

KORG CA-1 Chromatic Tuner - individual price: $35.00

High precision digital tuner with wide range of pitch detection.

Compact, easy to use, and highly functional.


Bachi - individual price: $30.00

Traditional pick made from buffalo horn. Doesn't slip easily.

The larger size fits well to anyone's index finger.


Two sets of replacement strings - individual price: $9.60

In case of breakages, or simply the need to replace your strings, we provide two additional sets.


Labels for note positions - individual price: $3.00

Indispensable for the beginner, these labels will help guide your fingers to the correct positions.

Easily peel on and off and off without damage to sou(neck) of your sanshin.


Guitar Pick - individual price: $1.00

The sanshin can be played either traditionally with the bachi, or in any style you wish with a standard guitar pick.

Also recommended for those who are having difficulty with the bachi.

guitar pick

English manual

We provide a practice manual in English using the standard CDE chord chart system, which is easy for beginners to understand.

We are currently translating our more detailed Japanese manuals. Any future texts will be provided as free downloads from this site.


'Basics of the Okinawan Sanshin' - individual price: $14.00

Introduces the fundamentals of the sanshin, with arrangements by Kobayashi Makoto. Uses TAB, classical sheet music notation, and traditional kunkunshi for each song. Will take you from an absolute beginner, through to playing some of the most famous Okinawan folk and pop songs.

**NEW** English translations for each page provided as separate booklet.


Instructional DVD - individual price: $19.80

'Sanshin Classroom Fun' - Dr Sannai Masaya teaches teaches you the basics of the sanshin, from tuning and stance, to playing some traditional and fun songs. A great DVD for beginners of all ages.

**Japanese language.


'Fun Sanshin Classroom' CD - individual price: $25.00

Includes the most popular traditional Okinawa songs, along with songs from 'Begin', and 'The Boom' - performed by Dr Sannai Massaya.

Play along with the songs on your own sanshin.


Minsaa head cover - individual price: $9.50

Fabric patterns made using Minsaa - a traditional form of weaving from the Yaeyama Islands in Okinawa.

Protects the head(ten) of your sanshin from knocks against walls and other accidental damage.

minsaa head cover

Solid Ebony Uma - individual price: $3.50

In the event of damage or loss to your uma, we include a spare.

Ebony wood is used to produce the best sound.


Silent Uma - individual price: $12.00

Reduce the sound of your sanshin to 1/10th of the normal playing volume.

Great for practice, and times when you want to avoid waking your family or your neighbors.

silent uma

Spare Karakui - individual price: $8.50

In the event one of your karakui(tuning peg) breaks, we provide a spare just in case.

Option: You can change from

Semi-hard Carrying Case - add $36.00

Semi-hard Case with Castors - add $39.00

Hard Case - add $39.00

We recommend the hard case option for anyone who frequently commutes on the train. Otherwise, we are confident the soft case and semi hard cases are durable enough for most circumstances.

semi-hard case

Semi-hard Case

semi-hard case with castors

Semi-hard Case with castors

hard case

Hard Case

traditional set - standard

instore price normally $427 (tax excl.)
→Online Special $378 (tax incl.)

Artificial Snakeskin Sanshin
solid oak neck - 5 year warranty

Plus: Soft carrying case, bachi, digital tuner, note position labels, English manual, 'Basics of Okinawan Sanshin', 'Fun Sanshin Classroom' CD, Minsaa head cover, two sets of replacement strings, spare ebony uma, silent uma, guitar pick, and spare karakui. (Pic. Hard case Option)

case type:

case color:

Item #

Item Description



Traditional Set - Standard (15 items included)



traditional set - hongawa

→Online Price $518 (tax incl.)

Genuine Snakeskin Sanshin
solid oak neck - 5 year warranty

Plus: Soft carrying case, bachi, digital tuner, note position labels, English manual, 'Basics of Okinawan Sanshin', 'Fun Sanshin Classroom' CD, Minsaa head cover, two sets of replacement strings, spare ebony uma, silent uma, guitar pick, and spare karakui. (Pic. Hard case Option)

case type:

case color:

Item #

Item Description



Traditional Set - Hongawa (15 items included)



7 reasons to buy an Asoviva Sanshin

We provide helpful labels to indicate note positions.

The Sanshin, like a guitar, requires different finger positions for different notes. However, unlike a guitar, there are no frets to indicate these positions. Asoviva provides labels for the neck(sou) of your sanshin indicating correct finger positions and making life easier for the beginner. No frets. No problem.


Each sanshin is pre-tuned and ready to play.

We think it would be disappointing if the first sound you heard from your new sanshin is out of tune! Asoviva make sure your sanshin is correctly tuned and ready to play out of the box.


We provide a position label for the uma.

The bridge(uma) of the sanshin can be difficult for beginners to correctly position. In addition to the note position labels, we provide another to indicate the correct position for the uma, ensuring correct pitch.


Your sanshin will fit inside your case of choice.

The available cases for sanshin, produced by various manufacturers, are normally 20cm wide. We ensure the width of the tuning pegs(karakui) when in place, will still allow your sanshin to fit inside any case.


We pre-stretch your strings. Your sanshin stays in tune.

New strings fitted to a sanshin, even when correctly tuned, will normally fall out of tune as they are first stretched and played. To solve this problem we pre-stretch our strings five times when we receive them, and five times again before fitting them to your sanshin. This ensures your tone will remain stable longer.


We use handcrafted karakui for an easy fit.

Asoviva only use handcrafted wooden tuning pegs(karakui). Premade plastic pegs are often problematic when fitting to a sanshin, as the sizes of the tuning holes may vary slightly. By using handcrafted pegs made specifically for your sanshin, we can ensure a perfect fit.


We care about quality.

Asoviva have taken great care to make sure each part of your sanshin meets a high standard, regardless of cost. Whether your sanshin is made from ebony, rosewood or any other wood, it has been handcrafted with the utmost care. To ensure this quality standard, each sanshin is checked for both quality of tone, and for quality of craftsmanship prior to delivery.

shoppin guide


International shipments use the following Japan Post services:
Express Mail Service. EMS mail is handled with the highest priority of any international service (estimated delivery time 2-4 days).
Economy Air (SAL) - normally 1-3 weeks.
Surface Mail - normally 1-3 months.

Once your order has shipped we will email your tracking number.

Refund/Return/Exchange Policy
In the following cases, we will exchange the item or give customer a full refund within 7days of the receipt of the items.
*In either case, customer is responsible for return shipping cost.

- When customer receive incorrect items.
- When items are badly damaged.
- When customer is not completely satisfied with the quality of the item.

When customer wants to return the item for any other reasons, customer must contact Asoviva within 3 days of the receipt of the items and sent the item back to Asoviva Items must be unused and in original packaging. Please note that after 7 days of receipt of the items, we may not be able to accept any return or offer refund.

About Delivery

Your order will be shipped to you within three business days of the date of purchase.

If there is a shortage of stock affecting your order, we will notify you immediately.


ASOVIVA accepts all major credit cards, and PayPal transactions.

All credit card payments are processed securely through the PayPal website.

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